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Common Core State Standard
LS.CCS.4/5/6 Grades 3-12: Students are asked to determine the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words through multiple choice vocabulary quizzes. Quizzes are designed to help students demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in words, acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words, and gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to its overall meaning or function in a sentence.
This Week's Word In The News 

POLARIZED

DEFINITION:
Marked by a sharp division, as of a population or group, into opposing factions.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Well, maybe not quite that many, but the numbers have been trending upward in recent years as legislators and large blocs of voters are struggling to find their place in an increasingly polarized political environment.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 11/23/2020

Words in the News Quiz
5 Middle School Words

Click on the correct answer in the quiz below.
Then see if you can find the word in your newspaper -- the print edition, the website or the digital edition and copy the sentence for context. NOTE: High School words are much harder to find!


1. Ellipse

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

The locus of points for which the sum of the distances from each point to two fixed points is equal

A rebirth or revival.

One who rejects a religion, cause, allegiance, or group for another; a deserter.


2. Inference

The food-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting of sieve tubes, fibers, parenchyma, and sclereids.

One that takes in everything available, as with the mind.

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

To cringe in fear


3. Tranquility

A weather phenomenon in the Eastern Pacific that is precisely equivalent to a hurricane.

Sharing the same opinions or views; being in complete harmony or accord.

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.


4. Hypocrisy

Of or relating to the range of invisible radiation wavelengths from about 4 nanometers, on the border of the x-ray region, to about 380 nanometers, just beyond the violet in the visible spectrum.

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.

The act of resting or the state of being at rest.


5. Tsunami

A very large and destructive wave, generally caused by a tremendous disturbance in the ocean, such as an undersea earthquake or volcanic eruption.

An elevated, comparatively level expanse of land; a tableland.

A disorderly commotion or disturbance.

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates


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